Can I just say it?
Fundraising is hard.
When my little canine angel George passed away in January, I knew I needed to take the pain and grief I felt and put it towards something to do some good. This is what he would of wanted. We always had the best time together at the Doggie Dash, Run for the Love of Dove, Walk5K9 Run/Walk and the Mt. Tabor Doggie Challenge. Hell, he took to the stage at the Doggie Dash in a dress. He liked the time out with me, he liked the time with other dogs.
We made differences all over the place and made a lot of people smile.
I have said it before. George was my heart. He was rescued from a really bad situation where he was abused. But he never let it stop him from unconditional love, and make sure everyone in his path left with a smile. He took his health issues in stride and even loved his medical team.
I did my research and realized that what the Seattle Humane Society was doing to allow runners to fundraise without all the pressure of the tradition race fundraising programs and I knew it would be a perfect fit. The funds I would raise would be able to help other animals and humans find that bond that we had.
I have dedicated what has turned out to be a crazy running year on his behalf. I have raced some amazing races including two marathons. I have developed a great love for Virtual Racing (Thanks Skirt Sports and Joist Running). I have just explored the idea of less racing and more running for me and reconnecting with the idea of running being my therapy.
The fundraising has been a challenge. I have had some amazing friends who have stepped up and helped me because they understand how much that it has meant to me to be able to do this. I have had a lot of doors slammed in my face and a lot of friends just flat out tell me that they do not want to hear about it. I think I let the no’s get me down.
I decided to put it back out there this week, and I have had some amazing support. It reminded me that I could do this. I could keep raising funds to make a difference. The no’s did not need to stop me.
At the end of the month, I will be back in Seattle (yes Seattle peeps) to celebrate this year with a final run. George did so much in his little life to make me better.
I will continue to fight for George. Even if you can spare $1 it will help. You can click here for more information Charity Athlete Page: Bonnie Wilson